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10 Web Resources To Help Teach About Primary Sources

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Wondering how to get your students to use and analyze primary sources instead of their beloved Wikipedia? Here are some great resources for primary sources.

Carey Leahy‘s insight:

American examples in focus – there are Australian ones to identify too.

See on www.edudemic.com

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Resourcing the Australian Curriculum: Building Digital Collections – a review

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“Many are questioning the need for libraries to have digital collections, as access to information appears ubiquitous. With the answer to every question seemingly a ‘Google’ away, it is a common misconception that libraries and library staff are no longer needed. .  .  .

The provision of digital as well as physical collections provides not only what users need and demand, but also provides and supports equity of access.”

Carey Leahy‘s insight:

Thanks Bris Catholic Ed and ResourceLink Crew!

See on resourcelinkbce.wordpress.com

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Designing Research Assignments

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Designing assignments to develop information literacy skills via #Drew http://t.co/LGb562TIRi

Carey Leahy‘s insight:

The essential steps inthe research process with the ‘digital citizenship’ factor added in too. Then suggestions for assignment styles that could support the development of the IL skills.

See on users.drew.edu

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If You Use the Web, You Are a ‘Curator’

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A curator ingests, analyzes and contextualizes web content. Whether you like it or not, you’ve curated and will continue to do so as long as you’re online.

Carey Leahy‘s insight:

I hold to Stephanie’s views – well said!

See on mashable.com

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Are you buying steam?

Are you buying steam?.

In the July 2013 edition of Wired magazine, Jonathan Zittrain (Harvard Law Professor and author of The Future of the Internet) warns of the danger of censorship now we are moving to the cloud. Zittrain is worried about the possibilities of ‘censoring, erasing, altering or restricting access to books’, and argues that digital texts are ‘increasingly coming under the control of distributors and other gatekeepers rather than readers or libraries.’

An interesting article that may effect us quite unknowingly.

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Learning 2.0 – Steve Wheeler’s thoughts

We’ve shaped the development and changes in technology – and these new technologies are now shaping the way we learn.

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Creating with ease and an iPad . . .

How often have you been hooked by a link to the “Ten best . . .“ or the “ “12 must have . . .” apps or ideas sent through an RSS feed or established PLN?   One looses count!

It’s another thing to listen to an experienced educator and hear the tips and tricks that can narrow down a list to about 5 really usable tools to support the learning process.   Paul Shaw was able to do just that for the participants at the iPad PD in Cairns on May 6th 2013.  At the same time, he explained and demonstrated how those choices can be managed and connected to each other so that skills and experiences accrue in the learning community, helping to developing intuitive, fluent iPad users.


Paul’s presentation was based on the premise that technology should be used to make the learning environment “rich, real and relevant” and he also reiterated that the emphasis should be on students creating rather than consuming via digital tools.  The SAMR model (R. Puentedura, 2009) was used to demonstrate that, while using digital tools, we need to take students beyond the engagement phase – where they substitute and augment, to a transformation phase – where modification and redefinition occur.

The following snippets are a sample of the responses from PD participants at the end of the day . . .

Paul’s day was an engaging example of the phrase ‘create not consume’.  He is a wonderful role model for those of us who strive to utilize the iPad for 21st century learning.  It was great to work with someone who can talk and show working examples of what is possible at the coal-face.  Geraldine

 Enjoyed having time to learn, play and explore with apps.  Valued input of negatives / positives of certain apps.  Valued the discussion among participants about use of apps in classes.  Discovered new tricks – always welcome.  Simone.

 Great range of apps shown at reasonable pace for play and troubleshoot. Valuable note of philosophy to ‘create not consume’ and how iPad might solve particular issues. Thanks, Liz.


 The day has been very worthwhile – BookCreator has been fantastic and such an easy way to organize notes.  Verdi 
Innovative in terms of creativity!  Using a simple set of apps that were not content specific.  JoshA practical workshop that allowed us to draw on Paul’s knowledge and gave us a chance to explore and create. Thank you for sharing.  I am so happy I have extended my skills – especially on Aurasma.  Debbie

 Great smorgasbord of practical ideas and applications.  Liked & appreciated Paul’s approach to ‘create rather than consume’. Great day, thank you. Fran

 Although we had originally planned to have Paul present his PD on two consecutive days (Cairns and then on the Atherton Tablelands) – the two groups combined for one session in Cairns.  All feedback has been positive from those involved and we look forward to hearing how some of the ideas shared on that day are used with students in the future.


Images:  Personal collection: #1 Paul Shaw,  #2 iPad PD participants,  #3 Carey and Emily working with an iPad.




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